HP to make Android tablets, report says

It already offers a Windows 8 tablet; now Hewlett-Packard is diving into the crowded market for Android tablets, according to a report.

Remember the WebOS-based HP TouchPad? This time HP will adopt Android.  The company already has a Windows 8 tablet.
Remember the WebOS-based HP TouchPad? This time HP will adopt Android. The company already has a Windows 8 tablet. Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard is doing an Android tablet too, according to a report from ReadWrite.

HP's first Android tablet will be a "high-end" affair based on Nvidia's upcoming Tegra 4 chip, according to the blog.

"It could be announced soon," the report said.

This would come about two years after HP's WebOS tablet debacle . In August of 2011, the company terminated its TouchPad only a month and a half after the device's introduction.

It also ended plans for a WebOS-based phone at that time.

HP had also been slated to make a Windows RT tablet based on the same kinds of chips found in Android devices but canceled that project.

HP currently offers the Windows 8-based ElitePad 900 tablet and a Windows 8 hybrid tablet-laptop: the Envy x2.

An Nvidia Tegra 4-based Android tablet would likely be one of the faster Android devices on the market -- if HP comes out with it soon. The Tegra 4 is one of the first quad-core chips based on ARM's new Cortex-A15 design.

HP is also exploring an Android phone, though this is less of certainty at this point, the report said.

HP is not a complete stranger to Google operating systems. It's selling a Chromebook for $330 based on an Intel chip.

HP declined to comment.

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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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